Prices and Booking

***Covid-19 Update*** (August 2020)

We are very sorry, but due to current Covid-19 restrictions that are still in place, we had to make the difficult decision not to start our cruises for 2020.

As most of you know tourism in Scotland is open to bloom again as of 15th July.

This came with quite a few government restrictions that were eased to aid leisure and hospitality businesses in this difficult time …

Unfortunately many of those restrictions were not eased for boat operators.

We waited until the most recent update, but unfortunately again no further restrictions were eased for our type of business.

The choice not to run this season is not a choice we took lightly and that we were happy to take. But due to remaining restrictions (a.o. the 2 metre social distancing) it is not possible to run our cruises economically viable.

We aim to offer cruises with a highly likelihood of finding whales and dolphins.

To find these amazing animals, our boat, Orca 1, with her 600HP petrol engines, allows us to travel all through Loch Gairloch deep into the North Minch to get all the way to the local feeding ground.

Orca 1 is very capable of handling the speed, distance and challenges of the North Minch, but unfortunately she doesn’t run free.

We have been looking into options for private charter cruises.

But if we want to offer you a cruise with the same success in finding whales and dolphins, we still need to cover the same areas. Due to the cost, requests are limited and solely running private charters will unfortunately not stand ground either.

We do hope you can all understand why we had to make this decision.

At the moment bookings are no longer possible.

Customers who have already booked will be informed personally.

It is also always advised to have alternative plans when visiting us in Gairloch.

Whether these restrictions are present or not, we do remain weather dependent, and need favourable weather conditions to head out.

We hope all of you are stay safe and well.

If you’re travelling from outside Scotland, please note that Scotland follows different restrictions than England, Wales, ….

Above all else, look after each other and support the vulnerable people in your community and respect the communities you are visiting.

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2020 Prices

Cruise
Adult
Child (4-12yrs)
Shiant Islands
(3 Hours) (START of SEASON ONLY)
£ 57.00 £ 40.00
Whales & Wildlife 
(2,5 Hours)
£ 53.00 £ 35.00
Ultimate ‘Orca 1’
(4 Hours)
£ 84.00 £ 65.00
Flexible Minch
(3 Hours) (AUTUMN ONLY)
£ 63.00 £ 45.00

Main Season – Mid-May until Mid-September

From mid-May until mid-September we’ll be running both our 2.5 h ‘Whales & Wildlife’ cruises and our 4h ‘Ultimate Orca 1’ cruises on daily basis* on different moments of the day. So hopefully everybody can find their perfect moment. (*weather permitting)

During the summer months, the ‘Ultimate Orca 1’ cruise departs either early in the morning or late afternoon to take advantage of usually more favourable sea conditions in the morning/evening as we search much more open water areas and it is still daylight this far north.

Cruise times vary due to demand and weather conditions!

Generally, the morning cruise departs at 0900/1000 hrs and the afternoon cruise departs between 1300/1500 hrs depending on the duration of the morning cruises.

We do recommend booking a morning or late afternoon/evening cruise if you can, as we often encounter the worst sea conditions in the early afternoons! Still, weather conditions cannot be foretold and sightings can be seen during the entire day.

To see full details of our schedules and availability, please go to our online booking system.

Low Season – mid-April until mid-May

We start our season with our 3h ‘Shiant Islands’ Cruises where we head straight to the Shiant Islands to see the 250.000 Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Guillemots, …
The Shiant Islands are also the home of 500 Grey and Common Seals and where Golden and White-tailed Eagles roam the sky.

Low Season – mid-September until October

September and October are still amazing months for good sightings, with chances on some more unique individuals re-visiting the area.
Unfortunately the weather can be more challenging and customer numbers are lower. So too ensure we are able to get out as much as possible and as far as needed, we implemented the Flexible Minch cruise. This cruise is initially a 3h cruise to start off with, but if certain animals need some longer travelling, this cruise will be extended after discussion (with extra cost).

Booking

Can be done …

Online

Use our online booking system.

– By Telephone (From 18/04/’20)

Call : 01445 712 458

In Person (From 18/04/’20)

At our Gairloch Harbour Booking Office – where to find us.

Our cruises are very popular and advanced booking is recommended, particularly during the summer months.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch. We will be delighted to discuss your requirements and advise on the availability of our cruises.

You might also like to look at our advice and information page, which answers some frequently-asked questions.

Conditions

Bad weather occasionally forces us to shorten or even cancel some cruises. If you have booked a cruise which is cancelled or curtailed because of adverse conditions then we will make every effort to offer you an alternative or refund your payment.

We require a minimum number of passengers on our boats for our longer cruises. On our 2.5h and 3h cruises we must have at least eight passengers, on our 4h cruise we aim for at least ten passengers. If there are insufficient passenger numbers on your preferred cruise then we will make every effort to find you a suitable alternative or refund your payment.

Please read our full “Booking Terms and Conditions before booking.